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Why Is My Duck Biting Me?

by Alex Kountry
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Are your supposedly peaceful and sweet ducks turning aggressive?

Do you have to arm yourself with wipers and brooms just because your ducks continuously want to bite you?

If the tiny babies, now fully grown are acting up, you don’t have to weary yourself with abandoning thoughts.

Your time with your pet is not over, this is an aggressive streak that needs your attention.

Ducks don’t just grow into waddling maniacs.

It’s just that they have some needs that are not being met.

In this article, you will get to the crux of why your duck might biting into your flesh.

Why is my duck biting me?

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There can different reasons for your ducks to get into the habit of biting their owners.

The reasons can be biological and behavioral issues both.

Therefore, let’s look into the causal factors and possible interventions to eliminate this unsavory habit in your pets.

1. Physical Irritation

Sudden and unapologetic biting among ducks is often due to irritation, pain, or certain discomfort.

2. Dietary Concerns

Experts contend that ducks if the dietary needs of the bird aren’t met or they are not happy with their feeds, duck can become irritated and aggravated.

3. Sexual Aggression

When the ducks turn 5 to 6 months old, they develop sexual urges.  

Their sexual needs must be taken care of. Otherwise, with active hormones sexually fiend ducks peck their owners and go wild.

4. Dominance Aggression

It is a behavioral trait among ducks to fight for dominance.

They want their master to dance to their tunes. Or else they beat or peck the owner. It is not acceptable!

What are the possible prevention & interventions to avoid duck biting?

Now that you know the underlying causes of why your duck might be biting you, let’s look into the possible interventions.

  • It is highly recommended that you take your ducklings to the veterinary to ensure that no injury, infection, or bone-related pain is making them cranky or aggressive.
  • Try experimenting with different feeds for your pet and observe if there’s any change in their behavior.
  • Make sure to surround your Drake with a bunch of ducks. You don’t want a lonesome duck to be over mated. Neither do you want a deprived drake to get aggressive because their biological needs are not met.
  • Don’t let your adorable ward peck you, not slightly, and not effervescently! These are tiny steps towards exerting dominance. Don’t warm up to your ducks after they display temper nor run off of the field in case of attack. Stay firm, tell them off, don’t shriek. Submissive behavior only leads them on. Therefore, once you make it clear that you are the BOSS, they’ll limit their biting advances.

How do you train a duck not to bite?

Want to put an end to your duck’s painful pecking and attacking? Go and learn to be a Boss!

1. Understand the dominant streak in your ducks!

It is simply a game of reverse psychology to teach your duck not to be skirmish with you.

It’s an inborn trait of ducks to prove their dominance over the weaker ones and to stay at an arm’s length from the ones with higher standing.

2. Rudeness is not the answer but sometimes it’s necessary!

 Just like drakes wrestle each other and prove their dominance, the master should keep in mind that they need to take down their brawling pets the first time they try to get naughty.

Pin down your haughty duck, sit on it if need be, to assert dominance.

Go pecking around its neck and wings, and set them free after a few minutes.

One harsh treatment can teach them a lesson of a lifetime.

3. Reward them for good behavior!

If you lack at asserting dominance, treating your ducks when they do good and ignore them when they do bad is another way.

Use tricks like coming when called, where you can reward them for behaving better and performing tricks.

What happens if a duck bites you?

Ducks bite quite literally feels like stapling your finger.

The greater the area of contact, the more it ranges from a pinch to peck to grapple.

If your pet ducks attack leaves you with just superficial aberration, immediately run water over that patch of skin and treat it with disinfectant.

The application of disinfectant might cause momentary stinging but it will kill the potential of infection.

If you suffer a rather brutal attack and end up with an open wound from a duck bite, it is highly recommended to seek professional medical tending.

The at-home initiative would be to wipe the blood off with sterilized gauze and wash the site of injury with disinfectant and warm water.

Additionally, an open wound might require the application of antibiotic ointment to ensure no antigen gets access to our internal body.

Lastly putting a Band-Aid on will further cement the protection barrier.

How do you calm an aggressive duck?

If your duck is getting aggressive for no obvious reason, maybe it simply wants your attention.

As a duck owner, it is better that you spend quality time cuddling, talking, and feeding your flock.

Get chummy with your ducks stop them from treating you as a threat.

It is pivotal to keep a duck’s surroundings bare of threatening devices, whereas at times conditioning the pets to be used to necessary goods around is highly recommended.

Forced copulation irks the ducks.

Thus keeping drakes barred for frustrated ducks helps maintain calm.

Moreover, the chicks and drakes should be pinned down at the very first display of angst.

How do you tell if a duck is stressed?

Aggressive behavior and biting streak could be stimulus if your duck is under stress.

To tell if your duck is stressed-out, you need to look closely at its behavioral changes.

Stress experienced in ducks yields some minor and major symptoms.

Minor symptoms as noted show a reduction in the number of eggs laid.

Also, if the duck remains sitting on its feet around and rise only temporarily, it’s a stress signal.

In such cases, you should look around and remove the causative agents.

For instance, if a dominant duck is pining on the stressed duck more than usual try separating them for some time.

Other major symptoms show escalated lethargy, puffed feathers, turning away from food, distancing from mates, and watery poop.

In conditions such as these vet’s consultation is paramount.


The brief analysis of the aggressive history of duck-pecks tells aggression as an innate trait.

If your quack-pet is turning into a pecking-freak, Culling is not the resort you seek.

Hierarchy, Dominance, and sexual Vents are a big part of Duck’s lifestyle. You only need to raise them well!

  • Teach your duck to follow your signs.
  •  Tell “no” to her anger-pangs.
  •  Warm her up for reward worthy behavior.

This is all you will need to spend a peaceful and harmonious time with your lovely quack-pet.

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About the author

Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books


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